I finally saw Black Panther last weekend. While there have been lots of big Marvel movies, this one in particular felt like such a phenomenon that you couldn’t miss out on it (and box office numbers back that up). It’s easily the best Marvel movie I’ve seen.
What Black Panther does so well, that so many other movies fail at, is infusing its story with big, meaningful ideas and having a villain with real motives. Compare it to Thor: Ragnarok, where the villain was just an excuse to do battle, and the difference is perfectly clear — battle here doesn’t just mean success for our hero, it means success for one world view over another.
What’s particularly great is that, even though Killmonger is the villain, his motivation largely isn’t evil — he’s just taken his beliefs to a dangerous extreme. The fact that the movie leaves room for the audience and for T’Challa to learn from him makes it all the better. It’s why Chadwick Boseman calls his own character the villain.
Check out nine trailers from this week below.
I think this adaptation of The Grinch, which has Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the Grinch, might risk making the Grinch too relatable. Because, frankly, I’d be on the same page if I woke up to “Happy.” The movie comes out November 9th.
A new documentary takes a look at the life and career of judicial icon and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The documentary looks at Ginsburg’s rise into an icon and her work on the Supreme Court, but it also looks back over her work as an attorney to show how she helped cement women’s equality under the law in the United States. The film comes out May 4th.
Lost in Space
Here’s the first real trailer for Netflix’s reboot of Lost in Space. And, um, wow the robot sure has changed. Its design brief seems to have been “Demogorgon, but made of metal and not quite as evil.” The first season comes out April 13th.
Mary Poppins Returns
I’ve never seen the original Mary Poppins, or read the books, so I truly have no idea what’s going on here or why it’s all so dark and strange. But anyway, here’s the first trailer for the rebooted Mary Poppins, which stars Emily Blunt in the title role and has Lin-Manuel Miranda costarring, along with a number of other recognizable names. The film comes out on Christmas.
This seems unusually depressing for a Winnie the Pooh movie. The film is about a grown-up Christopher Robin letting down his family and struggling to keep his job until an eerie, animated Pooh appears and he rightly believes he’s going insane. What’s up with depressing reboots this week? It comes out August 3rd.
SXSW kicked off this week, and a bunch of trailers have come out for films passing through the festival. I’m not including many here, since you won’t be able to see most of them for a while, but this one stood out as one of the best. In her first feature, director Nosipho Dumisa has created a Rear Window-style scenario among a group of criminals in South Africa. It looks plenty tense and thrilling from this first trailer and is worth checking out.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Here’s the first full trailer for A Series of Unfortunate Events’ second season. It looks every bit as strange and gloomy as the first, and wonderfully quirky as well. The new season premieres March 30th.
Here’s another feature debut headed to SXSW. Olivia Newman’s film is about a teenage girl from Brownsville, Brooklyn who joins a boys’ wrestling team. It looks like an intense, emotional twist on the typical sports film. It heads to Netflix on March 30th.
Take Your Pills
Netflix has also picked up a documentary about Adderall, covering how the medicine is meant to be used and how it’s increasingly being abused. The doc covers its misuse across college campuses and competitive workplaces, dives into why that’s happening, and puts it all in perspective with a look at the people Adderall and similar medications are actually helping. It comes out March 16th.